The Pros and Cons of Getting a Tattoo

I think at one point in everyone’s life they think about getting a tattoo and most of the time it is an impulsive decision. I urge you to stop! This is not something that should be done on impulse; you need to think about this decision thoroughly. I know when I was a teenager I thought about getting a tattoo of a four leaf clover on my ankle. However, after I found out that the ankle is one of the most painful spots to get a tattoo I quickly changed my mind. There are just so many things to consider before you make a decision.

Let’s start with the pros (yes there are some good reasons to get a tattoo)

Why do most people get a tattoo? Well, first of all you need to know that 36% of 18-25 year olds have at least one tattoo. So, how old are you? Most people in this age group are just starting their adult lives and are looking for a way to stand out from the crowd. If this is what you are looking to do then; yes a tattoo would definitely do this for you.

family tattoos
family tattoos

Then there are a small percentage of people that get a tattoo for the best reason of all, (that I can think of anyway) to commemorate a loved one or as a tribute to always remember someone or something very important in your life. This is the best argument for getting a tattoo that I could justify. Since you will always have a strong emotional bond with the tattoo and most likely can look at it with pride; knowing that it means a lot to you.

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Now lets look at the cons

First of all, a tattoo is something you will have forever, so you must ask yourself; when your old and life has taken its toll on your body is that tattoo still going to seem like a good idea? 80% of people who get a tattoo regret their decision when they are older. Yes, there are a few creams out there that will, over time, fade the tattoo but you will always have some sort of a mark there.

Another factor to consider is that getting a tattoo can obviously be painful. If you’re squeamish around needles then you might not want to get a tattoo. The severity of the pain varies depending on where you get your tattoo. Not only is it painful it can be quite spendy too. Depending on size, quality and where you get the tattoo it can cost anywhere from $50 to $600 and up!!

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tattoo pain map
tattoo pain map

Another very important point that I cannot overlook is that of body image. I know it may not be fair or right but many people view tattoo’s a certain way; some people find them to be intimidating and unprofessional. Unfortunately, a potential employer may see your tattoo as unprofessional and decide against giving you the job. So, if you do decide to get a tattoo you may want to make sure it is not highly visible.

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Just remember, a tattoo is forever.

If you are still not sure whether or not you should get a tattoo, try asking a few people you know that have a tattoo any questions you might have. If you are still not sure maybe you should wait six months and if you still feel as strongly about getting one, then yes you might truly be ready for a tattoo versus just going through a stage of rebellion.

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